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About Us

Our Vision

An innovative and sustainable agri- food sector operating to the highest standards

Our Mission

Serving the government and people of Ireland by leading, developing and regulating the agri-food sector, protecting public health and optimising social, economic and environmental benefits

Our Strategic Goals

  • To promote and safeguard public, animal and plant health and animal welfare for the benefit of consumers producers and wider society
  • Provide income and market supports to underpin the rural economy and the environment
  • Provide the optimum policy framework for the sustainable development of the agri-food sector
  • Deliver a sustainable, growth driven sector focused on competitiveness and innovation driven by a skilled workforce delivering value added products in line with market demands
  • Maintain and develop strategic, operational, regulatory and technical capacity to achieve operational excellence

Our Services

  • We formulate national and EU policies to support the strategic development of the agri- food sector
  • We regulate the sector to ensure it operates to the highest standards
  • We design schemes and deliver supports for the sector, in collaboration with stakeholders
  • We seek to be innovative and adaptive in the delivery of our services

Our Values

  • A deep-rooted public service ethos of independence, integrity and impartiality
  • A strong commitment to diversity, gender equality and the fair and equal treatment of all
  • A culture of accountability, transparency, efficiency and value for money
  • The highest standards of professionalism, leadership and probity
  • We work together to deliver our services effectively and to achieve the most efficient outcomes

Agriculture in Ireland

The agriculture, food manufacturing and marine sectors in Ireland account for:

  • 7.5% of GNI* in 2018
  • 7.1% of employment in 2019
  • 9.5% of total merchandising exports and 11.2% of total merchandising imports in 2019

The Irish Government's commitment to the agri-food sector remains strong. In the Estimate for 2020, the Exchequer is providing €1.6 billion for Programme Expenditure for agriculture, fisheries and food. Total public expenditure will amount to over €3 billion when the Department's Vote is combined with EU funding of €1.5 billion.

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Corporate Governance

Ministers for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

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